Newmarket Tennis Club's new state of the art clay courts officially opened
Newmarket Tennis Club has been on an upward trajectory for some time now – and they enjoyed another positive afternoon on Sunday.
While their state-of-the-art synthetic clay courts have been in operation for a number of months, they were officially opened by Suffolk LTA chair Julia Waters.
The organisation had played a big role in helping to fund the work on the new courts, as did Sport England, both of whom provided financial support.
Club committee member Phil Eaves said: “It was nice to formally open the courts after everything that has been going on with Covid.
“Julia has been at the club intermittently over the years and she has seen it at its worst point, to now, which is the high point.
“The Suffolk LTA have been very supportive, especially with an advanced loan to help complete the work, so she was pleased to see how well it has been spent.”
The Hamilton Road-based club marked the day by hosting an American Tournament, with Brandon Plati, Lucy Crosby, Adam Augustyn, Vicky Burton, Jacek Horbulewicz, and Judy Dean all being crowned champions.
It served to add to the feel-good factor currently blanketing the venue.
Both the men’s and the ladies’ section have five teams each competing in leagues – up from two just a few years ago – while the junior section is also thriving.
And the hope is that Newmarket will one day have someone following in the footsteps of newly-crowned US Open champion Emma Raducanu.
“Our junior section is really thriving at the moment which is great to see,” added Eaves.
“Emma is a product of the LTA system and they are rightly very proud of her achievements.
“We’d love to one day have a player like that at our club. We already have some very promising youngsters who are playing for the county.
“And many of the juniors are also playing for our men’s and ladies’ teams, so the future is looking bright.”